Apr 23, 2013 9:51 PM by Bill Halter

Four local athletes sign National Letters of Intent

A junior college player and three high schoolers penned National Letter's of Intent to four year colleges on Tuesday.

Hancock basketball player Khufu Najee signed with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Division-1 program plays in the Summit League. The Jaguars finished 6-26 last season. "They want me to play the combo guard, maybe a little of the three man. They want me to be the defender I was here. They think I'm really versatile for my size and my athleticism so they want me to play a number of positions as well as guard a number of positions" said Najee who's from Berkeley.

Najee averaged 15 points per game and made 56 percent of his shots in his one season at Hancock after transferring from San Jose State. He's listed at 6'4".

At Paso Robles High School a couple of Bearcats signed with Division-2 schools. Molly Donovan will play basketball at Sonoma State and Ben Nagengast will compete in track and field for UC San Diego.

Donovan says she had a good feel when visiting with the team. "They gave me the best offer as in the team and all of our camaraderie that I felt when I was up there. And I just think that was the best fit for me" said Donovan.

Nagengast likes UCSD for two major reasons, "There balance between academics and athletics. I think that they have a track program that really allows the athlete to be a student as well" said Nagengast who throws discus and shot put at Paso Robles.

Righetti's Brooke Butler signed to play volleyball with CSU San Marcos. The Cougars are an NAIA Division-1 program but in two years will transition to NCAA Division-2. "It was a very stressful, crazy process. Many schools had contacted me but my coach stood out to me from the other ones. She's very involved in her players and really wanted me to play for her. I'm excited for it and who knows what the future's going to hold for me" said Butler who is an outside hitter.



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